This page comprises a set of Frequently Asked Questions about our children’s program. If you have questions that aren’t addressed here, please ask any member of the meeting.
What is the purpose of Birmingham Friends Meeting’s program for children?
Our purpose is to give our children a joyful involvement in Quaker community, a spiritual foundation and mindful experience of the Inner Light and participation in activities centered on the testimonies of Friends. We want parents to be free to go to meeting for worship, knowing their children are well cared for, safe, happy and learning.
Who are the Teachers?
Our teachers are volunteers from the meeting. Two adults are always present with the children in First Day School.
I understand that children are invited to sit in meeting for worship for the first 15 minutes. But what if my child can’t sit still for 15 minutes?
We ask parents to bring their children to Meeting for the first 15 minutes. Silence and stillness can be difficult for children and we are sympathetic to age-appropriate restlessness. Children may bring a book or a favorite toy from home that is quiet and peaceful.
What do the children do in their classrooms?
The children leave meeting for worship with their teachers at 10:45. The curriculum is taught to engage the children at their developmental level with spiritual activities and lessons.
Bringing your children with some consistency helps build a classroom community.
What happens after meeting and First Day School ends?
At then end of First Day School, teachers return the children to the Meeting Room and their parents who are then responsible for them. The children are encouraged to share what they learned with the entire meeting. Families are welcome to stay for fellowship in the Social Room.